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Doctor insights on: Expert Opinion On Biological Therapy

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Biological Therapy (Definition)

Biological therapy means treatment with agents that are natural biologic products (such as antibodies from other species, etc.). The new drugs like Humira (adalimumab) (that are constantly advertised on tv) are examples; these are usually used for immune caused diseases like ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid ...Read more


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Expert opinions? What medications shows the greatest promise as a cancer chemotherapy agent?

Expert opinions? What medications shows the greatest promise as a cancer chemotherapy agent?

I wish I had: More than 400 characters but in my opinion, those new agents that target specific molecular processes in cancer cells that make them behave as cancer cells are the most exciting. They target cancer cells and spare (to a certain degree) normal cells so the side effects are less. They are not perfect and unfortunately they tend to be veeeery expensive, which is a big problem. ...Read more

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What is your expert opinion on bullies?

What is your expert opinion on bullies?

Low self esteem: It is always someone who feels insecure inside who pick on someone else. ...Read more

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For a second opinion on Parkinsons,which physician has more credibility, the one with 30 years experience vs. fellowship trained 10 years. ?

For a second opinion on  Parkinsons,which physician has more credibility, the one with 30 years experience vs. fellowship trained 10 years. ?

Either: Either is likely very good. Personally, I favor docs with fellowships; they have declared a special interest and have had special training in their area. ...Read more

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Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Interactive: Psychopathology refers to harmfully unusual psychological qualities of the person caused by biology and traumatic learning histories. Stress consists of a response to upsetting events that triggers or worsens pathological factors. Psychotherapy aims to teach coping for unchangeable factors, de-condition negative factors that were learned, and strengthen positive factors already present. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer radiation treatment?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer radiation treatment?

Not usual Rx: Radiation is not usually used to treat skin cancer. Surgery is the usual approach. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-cancer/ds00190. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on graviola as an alternative cancer treatment?

What's your opinion on graviola as an alternative cancer treatment?

Not Effective: Graviola or soursop is a fruit grown in rain forests in s.America, africa & se asia. The fruit contains substances known as annonaceous acetogenins which may be able to kill certain cancer cells in a test tube (according to a perdue u study). No studies in humans have been done so there's no evidence that it can work to kill cancer in your body. It can also cause parkinson's like symptoms. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions on schizophrenia treatment and its progression over the past years?

Need expert opinions on schizophrenia treatment and its progression over the past years?

MARKEDLY IMPROVED: Treatment has grown by leaps and bounds. When i was a resident (yes, a long, long time ago in a galaxy fa, farr away...) the treatments did not address negative symptoms and were fraught with horrible side effects. I pitied people with schizoprhenia then. Now medications are more tolerable (from side effect stance) & can significantly improve + & - symptoms. Treatments have markedly improved! ...Read more

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What is your opinion regarding stem cell replacement therapy for the knee?

What is your opinion regarding stem cell replacement  therapy for the knee?

Stem cells for knee : It is still an experimental treatment, where the stem cells from another joint like hip are concentrated in a centrifuge and then injected into knee.Only a hand full of doctors are administering this treatment around us.So far the results have been pretty good.Two third of patients report more than 50% relief, and 40% reported 75% relief..The complete result will be published later this year. ...Read more

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Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose- Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy Hydroxyurea Therapy When the therapy will be available?

Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose-

Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy
Hydroxyurea Therapy

When the therapy will be available?

Now: Hydroxurea is already available. I believe what you are inquiring about is gene therapy, inserting the normal beta globulin gene into someone with a hemoglobinopathy. This is currently in development and it is unclear when this, if ever, will be available outside a clinical trial. ...Read more

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What are the options for individual genetic testing like seeing counselor vs geneticist, doing genome, etc?

What are the options for individual genetic testing like seeing counselor vs geneticist, doing genome, etc?

Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic testing". ...Read more

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Opinions on current health care options for sex workers?

Opinions on current health care options for sex workers?

Please clarify: What are you really asking? About insurance? Sex workers need routine care from a good trusted family physician that knows about STDs and screening for HPV related cancers. One who can provide appropriate birth control as well. ...Read more

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What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

What's multidimensional family therapy for addiction?

Multidimensional : Multidimensional family therapy (mdft) is a comprehensive, family-based outpatient or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program for substance-abusing adolescents. Both the teen and family develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills for better decision-making. It helps the family improve its functioning -- a protective factor against substance abuse & related problems. ...Read more

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Need expert advice on any information on treatment for triple negative stage 4 breast cancer?

Need expert advice on any information on treatment for triple negative stage 4 breast cancer?

Medical Oncology: Triple negative is a more aggressive form of breast cancer, especially in younger women. It can be difficult (though not impossible) to treat. I recommend consulting with your medical oncologist for options. You may want to get a 2nd opinion at a university hospital for clinical trials. Here is a good site: http://www.Tnbcfoundation.Org/ keep positive and follow through with treatments. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy really the best choice for an obiterated l5-s1?

Is physical therapy really the best choice for an obiterated l5-s1?

Avoid back surgery: At all costs as it does not guarantee results. If you have weakness, you don't have a choice but if therapy can be attempted first, it should always be done to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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As a skilled and knowledgable doctor, what in your opinion is the best medication for treating social anxiety? I'm 19. Had sad ever since childhood

As a skilled and knowledgable doctor, what in your opinion is the best medication for treating social anxiety?  I'm 19. Had sad ever since childhood

Behavior modificati.: Your will be exposed to social pressures all you life. The best approach is to work with psichologist who will train you to manage or eliminate your fears. Medication is a supplement, which can be used, but long term is less favorable pass. ...Read more

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What therapy techniques might a psychologist use for acne related self esteem issues?

What therapy techniques might a psychologist use for acne related self esteem issues?

Look beyondyour skin: Hard to assess how severe the acne is as you have also listed OCD as a problem, suggesting that you may amplify the condition in your mind.But a therapist would first make sure that a dermatologist is on board w you.Next, a thorough assessment of what you want out of life and how you are going about getting it would help you to put the focus back on achieving the goals that are meaningful to you. ...Read more